Off-the-Eaten Path Food Experience in Japan. "Meet the People and Places behind your Plates! "

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Edible landscape (2) Traditional knowledge on food preservation and agriculture in Sakae village

I visited Sakae mura in Shinsyu (Nagano prefecture) to learn traditional knowledge on food processing and rural livelihood. 
in the remote mountainous villages, it is difficult to grow rice, and cultivate millets, turnips instead, and hunt wild animals or gather sansai (wild plants) and kinoko (mushroom).
The traditional way of living is still inherited to the village.

sasa dango (bamboo leaf dumpling) is made of mochigome (glutinous rice) and yomogi (japanese mugwort) wrapped by sasa bamboo, and tied by igusa (rush) strings. adzuki paste inside the dumpling is regarded as good omen. all ingredients are available nearby.
糯米团子用小豆豆沙, 糯米, 艾蒿, 被包裹在竹子, 用荨麻绳子捆起来。

◎採集文化 hunting and gathering culture
"we have everything. nothing to buy." traditional knowledge on gathering mushrooms and sansai (wild plants), hunting wild animals like rabbits, dears, and even bears are inherited in eastern part of Japan. mushrooms are also used as traditional medicine, rituals, and also talisman against bad fortune.
"“我们有一切. 不必去买菜." 采集蘑菇和野菜, 猎兔,鹿,甚至熊. 传统知识在日本东部继承了. 蘑菇也作为传统医药,礼仪, 也护符。

Nameko Mushroom

Nameko salad

bear meets
◎保存食 traditional food preservation methods

solar drying vegetables under the eaves before the arrival of winter is a typical landscape in the rural villages. 
在冬天到来之前, 在屋檐下干燥蔬菜为了保存食物是在农村传统的景观.
Imogara (stem of taro)

Imogara dish